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president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message. >>> on this sunday night, high stakes. team obama unleashes a full-court press on the road to the convention. tonight chuck todd and andrea mitchell on what the president needs to do. >>> new evacuations in the gulf. the storm is gone but tonight the danger isn't over. >>> deadly smer in one of america's biggest cities. how residents are fighting to take back the streets. >>> they're going for gold once again tonight in london with kate middleton there cheering them on. >>> and in the doghouse. good dogs, bad behavior and pet owners around the world adding their canine criminals to the lineup. >>> from nbc news world head quarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >>> good evening. president obama is on the campaign trail tonight hitting states that are sure to be hotly contested and sharpening the attacks and talking points that are likely to frame this week's democratic convention in charlotte. that will include the charge that mitt romney and republicans are pushing failed economic polici
last weekend of summer and a lot of kids are heading back to school, president obama and the democrats are preparing for their big moment. it is their turn to make their case that the president deserves four more years. their convention opens tomorrow in north carolina, and tonight as thousands of democrats descend on the city of charlotte republicans have already begun their counterattack, asking a question that we've heard before -- are you better off now than you were four years ago? we have two reports tonight beginning in charlotte with our political director and chief white house correspondent who is down there somewhere chuck todd. good evening. >> good evening, kate. while the republican convention was designed to reintroduce the country to mitt romney as a person this democratic convention is getting off to a bit of a defensive start as the obama campaign seems to be struggling with touting improvements to the economy without looking insensitive to the millions still struggling. gathering in charlotte to make the case their economic vision is better for america than the one ou
>>> on our broadcast tonight from charlotte, as president obama arrives here for this convention, the weather forces a big change of plans. but tonight's main attraction, former president bill clinton. the speech he says has kept him up at night. tonight we'll talk with him exclusively about the stakes, the speech, and the president. >> i'm actually more enthusiastic abo him than i was four years ago when i said i thought he was ready to be president. >>> also the first lady on making it work as a mom in the white house. >>> and a major breakthrough being reported from the world of health and science that could change the way we view our health for all time. change the way we view our health for all time. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television r by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. as night two of the democratic convention is now under way, and this has now become the second convention this season to be heavily affected by weather. as you recall, the republicans lost an entire night to that passing hurricane. and now, based on the threat
on education where today we heard from both president obama and mitt romney, a rare and fascinating opportunity to hear them both out on one issue in the same day, something they say should be a big national priority. both men crisscrossed new york today, both made news during their travels. romney in what he told us, and his visit with bill clinton and president obama who stepped before the united nations general assembly talked about the recent violence against americans and explained a few things about our country to a global audience while putting some in the audience today on notice. we begin with our chief white house correspondent chuck todd. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. president obama and mitt rom jammed as many meetings as they could today in a whirlwind trip to the big apple. while they didn't trade too many barbs, they did draw a contrast on serious issues and even less serious issues. the centerpiece of the president's visit to new york, his speech to the u.n. general assembly, focusing on the unrest in libya and the middle east. at times emotional. >> the
. and as of tonight, the nation is still at war. president obama, the incumbent, now has an opponent to run against. this is the chance for obama/biden to make their case against romney/ryan. to ask americans for their vote again. tonight we'll see the keynote, and then hear from first lady michelle obama. and with that ahead of us, let's go to our political team here in charlotte. four white house correspondents, current and former, beginning with our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd down on the floor of the north carolina delegation. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. if the republican convention was all about trying to present mitt romney's softer side, the democratic convention has a different goal for the president. shoring up key parts of his voting coalition. tonight the target, hispanics and women. as workers inside the hall put finishing touches on the convention stage, democrats prepare to appeal to two key constituencies, women and hispanics, that favor the president but lack the enthusiasm they had for him four years ago. leading the charge on women, miche
-time weekend between the republican and democratic conventions has given both mitt romney and president obama plenty to say as they crisscross the country today. romney fresh off his nomination, trumpeting the anti obama themes in this gop convention. the president on the road to charlotte today reminding voters of what republicans didn't talk about. in a moment we'll check in with ron mott and the romney campaign. we'll begin with kristen welker on the trail with the president in sioux city, iowa. kristen, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. with the democratic national convention just a few days away, president obama is aiming to build momentum in key battleground states like right here in iowa where he's making his seventh visit so far this year. >> hello iowa! >> reporter: president obama kicking off his road to charlotte campaign in iowa, the state that first launched his presidency four years ago. >> it was you, iowa, who kept us going when the pundits were writing us off. and it will be you, iowa, who choose the path we take from here. >> reporter: polls show a tight race
obama, after launching his reelection effort, was hit head-on by the economic reality today even though 96,000 jobs were added to the u.s. economy in the month of august, and even though the unemployment rate fell from 8.3 to 8.1%, both the need and expectations were greater than that. and so with economists using words like "anemic," that affected what the campaign was hoping would feel much more like a post-charlotte victory lap. the economy remains the big issue in this campaign. and we begin our coverage of all of all of it tonight with white house correspondent kristen welker traveling with the president in iowa city tonight. kristen, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, brian. well, president obama left charlotte this morning with the vice president and first lady to hit pivotal swing states, and he tried to cast that jobs report in a positive light. campaigning in new hampshire, mr. obama took the long view on jobs. >> today we learned that after losing around 800,000 jobs a month when i took office, business once again added jobs for the 30th month in a row. we know i
anything in the end. in alexandria, andrea mccarren, 9 news now. >>> on the campaign trail president obama was hanging around the nation's capital. he's got to host some fundraisers. meantime gop opponent mitt romney traveled to pennsylvania to try and sway voters there. romney continued to attack the lack of economic growth under president obama and how it may cause other countries to doubt our country. >> do you understand china's economy is growing at 7 or 8%. russia's economy is growing at 4% and our economy is growing at 1.3%? [ booing ] >> yeah. we're in a very different road than what i think the people of the road expected for the united states of america and if i'm elected president of this country, i will get us back on a road of growth and prosperity and strength. [ cheering and applause ] >> at a fundraiser president obama told his supporters that it will take more than one term for change to happen and he said ronnie's approach for writing off nearly half -- romney's approach for writing off nearly half of the nation will not do that. >>> we'd probably agree there's no good wa
>>> on our broadcast tonight from charlotte the stage is set for president obama's acceptance speech. one night after the last democrat in the white house lit up the gathering. also tonight our conversation today with first lady michelle obama on her husband, the opposition, and the constant struggle to keep things normal for two daughters at home. >> you have to balance trying to keep their lives normal with allowing them to experience history. >>> also tonight an air scare. a plane turned around in mid air, a passenger handcuffed, and then we learn the real story. air, a passenger handcuffed, and then we learn the real story. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. with the fall election now 60 days away from the democrats here in charlotte it all comes down to tonight. after a long wind up and one brief cameo appearance on stage last night, tonight they get to hear from president barack obama who will make his case for re-election. this entire event is something of an audible. we were supposed to be outdoors in the football
in the presidential election. specifically, the way romney talked about president obama's supporters, about americans who benefit from government programs, hispanics and the situation in the middle east. the way he talked about citizens who see themselves as victims, pay no income taxes. he went on to say his job is not to worry about those people. politicians speak differently when they think they're speaking in private, as all of us do. as mitt romney did. today his remarks were called stupid and arrogant. that was from a fellow republican. romney stood by his words, while admitting they weren't elegant, they were, however, impactful. it's where we begin our reporting tonight with peter alexander, traveling with the romney campaign in salt lake. peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. romney's only scheduled events today were fund-raisers. but here at a luncheon in salt lake city, he made no reference to the controversy that is now surrounding his campaign. top advisers insist that romney believes voters are more concerned about economic issues that affect their lives than any
votes, president obama pressed hard on immigration, specifically did he break his promise? >>> and who does the president think is the real mitt romney? >>> also this evening, the new polling numbers on the status of this race in three critical states. >>> what really happened in the attack that killed our ambassador in the consulate in libya? was it a protest gone bad, or terrorists? school lunch, when breakfast is normally served. why tonight, schools are serving lunch at hours that makes no sense >>> and allergies, why people who never complained before are suffering right now. >>> also tonight, making a difference report, nightly news begins right now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, it won't bring back the u.s. ambassador or the three other americans who were murdered, including two former navy s.e.a.l.s, but tonight, what happened the night they died, the storming of that u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, is being labelled the terrorist attacks. that was not the initial story we begin with what it does mean. our chief correspondent, andrea mitchel
presidential debate. tonight inside the obama and romney debate camps. how the candidates are preparing for the showdown. >>> making the case. the supreme court begins. >>> and carmageddo 2. what happened this weekend when one of the busiest highways in the countries was shut down. how did california cope with its freeway car free? >>> good evening from the joint command headquarters of the international security assistance force in kabul. we have been traveling through this country all week trying to take measure of this war, another insider attack has left a u.s. soldier and an american civilian dead. that brings the death toll to 2,118. so far this year, 267 have been killed. 31 of those killed at the hands of afghan police and military members. insider attacks. tonight against the backdrop of next month's presidential election, we're beginning a special look at a region at the brink and the foreign policy challenges that america is facing here in syria and afghanistan. richard engel, you have more on that attack today? >> reporter: cooperation between u.s. and afghan forces is the m
remains mired in an economic downturn. the nation remains at war tonight. president obama the incumbent now has an opponent to run against. this is the chance for obama/biden to make their case against romney/ryan and ask americans for their vote again. tonight we'll see the keynote and hear from first lady michelle obama. with all that ahead of us, let's go to our political team here in charlot charlotte. chuck todd down on the floor with a north carolina delegation. jeff? >> reporter: if the convention was all about presenting mitt romney's softer side, this convention has a different goal for the president. tonight targeting women and hispanics. as workers inside the hall put finishing touches on the convention stage. democrats prepare to appeal to women and hispanics, that favor the president but lack the enthusiasm they had for him four years ago. leading the charge on women, michelle obama. >> are you ready for this? >> reporter: in all, five of the prime time speakers tonight at the convention are women. charged with delivering tonight's official keynote address, julian castro. d
suddenly opened up between president obama and mitt romney. the president making a bounce in florida where he tried to pivot the conversation away from high unemployment and on to an area that he hopes to prove to be governor romney's achilles heal. romney told our david gregory what part of the president's health care law he would like to keep in place. kristen welker joins us from west palm beach with more on all of that as well as what has to be the picture of the day. >> reporter: good evening to you. we will get to that picture in a moment. the candidates over taxes and medicare as president obama opened up a lead in what has otherwise been a razor tight race. campaigning in florida today president obama tried to turn the focus to medicare. >> i want you to know, florida, i will never turn medicare into a voucher. >> reporter: the president is enjoying a post convention bump, the latest galup poll showing him up. romney disclosed he would preserve the most popular parts of the president's health care plan, something he said before but went into more detail today. >> i'm not getting ri
you're fired up already. >> obama is still trying to capitalize on romney's comments from an unwanted video. many republicans believe romney needs to sharpen his tone. >> i want to see fire in the belly. >> reporter: democrats are already trying to fire up their base, challenging romney on his tax planning. >> he hasn't been straight. >> reporter: with several states allowing early votings, michelle obama called the right to vote the nation's most important civil rights issue. >> this is the sit in of our day, sitting in a phone bank, sitting in your living room calling your friends, neighbors, that nephew you haven't seen in a while. >> reporter: publicly both campaigns have been trying to lower expectations, even complimenting their opponents debating skills. the first debate is right here in denver. >> chuck todd joining us tonight from new york. chuck, is it clear what mitt romney needs to do to jump-start his campaign. >> i think what the romney campaign believes he has to do is that peter described what he has done this morning and that is preparing for the debate. he's spent by
. >> president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. the difference is, my policies will make things better for them. >> reporter: romney's problem is historic, no republican has won the white house without winning ohio, romney sounded optimistic today in an interview with nbc news. >> can you win ohio? >> i'm going to win ohio, in part because i have support from people in ohio >> reporter: but the problem, obama is here, too, today, his 29th visit since taking office, and not letting anybody forget that other number, 47%. >> i don't believe we get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as victims who never take responsibility for their lives. >> reporter: the president stopped at campuses, rallying young supporters. such a crucial day, both men took the stage at almost the same time this afternoon, and almost crossed paths as president obama headed to kent state, and romney to toledo. >> if you're registered, you can start to vote in six days. and this is important because you have a big choice to make. >> reporter: romney got support from ohio native
looking for votes in virginia where a new poll of likely voters shows president obama leading romney by four points. he's also up by six points in wisconsin and a point in colorado. paul ryan pointed to remarks the president made when he was in illinois state senator. >> president obama said that he believes in redistribution. mitt romney and i are not running to redistribute their wealth. >> the white house says republicans are bringing up a 14-year-old tape to divert attention away from romney to own comments. >> this is where our campaign is having a very bad day or very bad week. in circumstances like that, there are efforts made, sometimes desperate efforts made to change the subject. >> on capitol hill, democrats were having a field day with romney's caught on tape moment. >> his comments just show how out of touch he is with america. >> the president and mitt romney will meet in colorado in just two weeks for their first debate. danielle nottingham, cbs news, the white house. >>> we can hardly wait for that. this evening, romney making his cay to latino voters. he'll par
, mail delivery could be drastically cut. >> out on the campaign trail, president obama and republican presidential challenger, mitt romney, both in new york city today. the president making his case to the united nations. romney still making his case to you and me. >> president obama is urging fellow leaders to take a stand against violence in the muslim world. >> i do believe that it is the obligation of all leaders, in all countries, to speak out forcefully against violence and extremism. >> speaking to the united nations general assembly, president obama condemned the antiislam film sparking protests overseas, but said nothing justifies mindless violence. the president also had a message for iran and its developing nuclear program. >> make no mistake, a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be detained. it will threaten the security of gulf nations and the stability of the global economy. >> after the president's address, he headed across town to speak to former president, bill clinton's gathering of global leader. that's where gop presidential challenger, mitt romne
obama signalled his resolve to find the killers of the four americans. >> i want people to hear me from all over who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. >> reporter: but america's allies, dictators, are gone, and the u.s. is not happy with mohamed morsi's initial failure to protect the embassy. so last night, mr. obama seemed to be lowering egypt's status. >> i don't think we would consider them an ally, but we don't consider them an enemy. they are a new government trying to find its way. >> reporter: later, president obama called morsi, saying he needed to protect the embassy. today, he said they did not intend to down grade egypt, which gets one and a half billion in aid, second only to israel and afghanistan. but they no longer have a compass for the region. >> it is difficult seeing these images on television, because our world is filled with challenges. this is a difficult time. >> essentially the united states has made a bet, a big bet, a gamble. but there are not a lot of alternatives. >> reporter: example nine years ago -- exactly nine years ago today, it see
obama care, because it represents the worst of both worlds i had a feeling there would be mixed reactions. >> reporter: many convention-goers walked out of the room when paul ryan took the stage to talk about medicare, which would transfer it to a voucher system under his budget plan. for paul ryan, it was a return to the spotlight since he has been quietly busy on the trail, working for votes. and yesterday in washington, behind closed doors, shoring up support among house republicans, in the middle of campaign fighting and missteps by governor romney's 47% hidden camera video, prompting criticism again today from conservative columnist, peggy nunan, who said the campaign was a rolling calamity >> what do you say to your fellow republicans who are -- >> stop it, this is hard, you want to try it. get in the ring. this is hard. >> reporter: some republican senate hopefuls are distancing themselves, like wisconsin's tommy thompson who warned a troubled presidential campaign could hurt other candidates, thompson's remark drew this response from former new hampshire governor and rom
they have a large hispanic vote, but more from the swing state. >> reporter: president obama sat down with the reporters from the spanish language tv station univision. >> whose vision best represents the aspirations, not just of the latino community, but of all americans, who believe that we're a nation that will blog and show that. >> reporter: he won the majority of the votes in 2008, but many in this key voting group have questions about his immigration policy. >> one of my first act is every single member of congress, that needed to previously support the comprehensive immigration and to say to them that we need to get this done. >> reporter: the gop white house hopeful, mitt romney called the action on immigration election year politics. at the same forum on wednesday, romney, he said that president obama had a chance to find a permanent solution, but failed. >> then he put in place a stop gap measure. it was temperature rare. these kids deserve something better than temporary. >> reporter: as he works with the latino voters, he is still trying to explain the caught-on- tape com
'm peggy fox. >>> swing state virginia on the minds of both president obama and mitt romney and today both of them spent the day campaigning there. peggy fox caught up with romney as he spoke to veterans at the american legion in springfield and he began his speech hammering the president for the job losses predicted under sequestration cuts that may come at the end of this year. >> members of the american legion, thank you. >> reporter: governor mitt romney talked up his support of defense spend. he said cutting defense spending -- spending. he said cutting defense spending now should be unthinkable. >> the world is not a safe place. it remains dangerous. >> reporter: governor romney explains to have a strong military, a strong economy is needed. >> our economy needs to be reinvigorated and the president has laid out his plan. it's a continuation of the old plan. we can't afford four more years of the last four years, all right? >> reporter: governor romney not only says he would stop shrinking the military but would add to the active duty force and one of the biggest cheers came when
obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. my promise is to help you and your family. >> reporter: romney became the first republican in 60 years to accept his party's nomination without mentioning war despite the ongoing conflict in afghanistan. meanwhile, speaking before troops in texas, the president struck a political theme. >> if you hear anyone trying to say that america is in decline or that our influence has waned don't you believe it. >> reporter: also tonight to give you a sense of the urgency the romney campaign is bouncing between states right now, today in its rush to get back to the airport taking off for the battleground state of ohio, two of the vans in the romney caravan actually hit one another. the good news for tonight is nobody was hurt. >> still got what, 67 days of this campaign to go. peter alexander, good to have you with us tonight. >>> still ahead as we continue from new orleans the other moment from last night in tampa when clint eastwood took to the stage and people started wondering just what it was they were going to see.
and iran presents a difficult balancing act for both president obama and mitt romney as they navigate the campaign on a whole new front. we get our report tonight from peter alexander. >> reporter: less than eight weeks until the election, the anti-american violence across the islamic world has quickly shifted the central focus of the race from the economy to foreign policy. its urgency racheted up by israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu who today on "meet the press" issued this stark warning about iran's nuclear program. >> very close. six months away from being about 90% of having the enriched uranium. i think that you have to place that red line before them now, before it's too late. >> reporter: netanyahu argued the recent unrest in the middle east makes the stakes even higher. >> reporter: international diplomacy has an impact on iran. . the pressure we are mounting is unprecedented in terms of sanctions to still have results. >> president obama has been trying to show resolve in the face of new tensions. >> i want people around the world to hear me to all those who would do
the gloves and get aggressive against president obama including sarah palin today. that's the tone paul ryan brought to florida. today president obama rallied for support in wisconsin, home turf for mitt romney's running mate paul ryan. >> we succeed when the middle class gets bigger, when it feels greater security, when everybody's got a chance to climb into that middle class. >> reporter: the latest nbc news/wall street journal poll has mr. obama at the coveted 50% threshold in the badger state, five points ahead of governor romney. concerns have spiked many the republican party this week about the romney campaign prompting wisconsin governor scott walker to urge effective use of the ticket's number two. >> it's not necessarily a frustration over the way paul ryan has been used but in the larger context i haven't seen that kind of passion i know that paul has to transfer over to our nominee. >> reporter: for his part congressman ryan pivoted away from the standard stump speech and took a turn to his comfort zone in florida -- pie charts and numbers -- taking the white house to task for run
with the parents and kids, something the obama campaign immediately branded lip service. on "meet the press," there was the interview that still had people talking about the governor's position on taxes and health care. >> on health care, you say you would rescind the president's health care plan on day one. does that mean you would be willing to say to young adults and people with pre-existing conditions, that they could no longer be guaranteed health care? >> of course not, you know, i i'm relays -- replacing it with our own plan. niagra falls >> i'm not getting rid of health care reform, i want to make sure those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. two, make sure the market place allows for individuals that have policies to cover their family to whatever age they may like. i am very concerned that we have 23 million people out of work or stopped looking for work or under-employed. everything i want to do, bring our rates down, encourage growth, keep revenue up by limiting deductions and exemptions and make sure we don't put any bigger problem on middle income people. >> report
president obama vowed once more to bring those responsible to justice. >> those who attack our people will find no escape from justice. >> reporter: the president said the images of the besieged american embassies are just a small part of a larger picture. >> for every angry mob millions yearn for the freedom and hope and dignity that our flag represents. >> reporter: since taking office mr. obama sought to reduce tensions with the muslim world. the white house insists the anti-american violence sweeping the region is not a rejection of the president's policy. >> the unrest we have seen is a reaction to a film with which the united states government had no involvement. >> reporter: experts say the administration must walk a fine line. >> it is a dangerous political dynamic on the ground that's fuelled by the fact that the arab spring has not quickly found a very clear direction. >> reporter: after initially taking hits for politicizing american deaths in libya, mitt romney softened his tone. >> well, this is politics. i'm not going to worry about the campaign. >> reporter: with romney
obama when he was candidate obama, had a similar incident where he was overheard talking about analyzing folks in the state of pennsylvania, saying they cling to their guns and religion. and brian, it is a political comment to this day that is still a political problem for the president to deal with in those states. >> and a couple of things here, the kind of story line politically, already was in-fighting among members of the romney campaign staff. a lot of it going back to what happened or didn't happen at the gop convention. has the romney campaign responded yet tonight about this? >> reporter: well again, on this comment, they said hey, mitt romney wants to be president of all americans. and that is the part that the obama campaign wants to drive home, he is writing off 47% of the americans, trying to divide the electorate, that is what both sides do, accuse the other side of dividing. they have new advertisement out, more of a message they want to put out. so let's see what happens, we have a couple of weeks until the next debate >> of course it is in the eye of the beholder, chuck
on president obama, regarding the chaos in the east. >>> and fighting breast cancer, what they hope can be a new breakthrough in a new roadmap to more effective teaching. >>> and education nation summit, what is coming to just about every school in the country. question is, are teachers and students ready for what is on the way. >>> a broken heart, could it really be fatal? tonight, the doctors who say yes and warn that women have the most to worry about. >>> and the panda, why it is proving so difficult to save these animals. >>> this is nbc nightly news with brian williams. >>> good evening, if the race for president seems to have an urgency not fully supported by the calendar, then think of it this way. there are roughly a thousand hours to go before the election. every day and moment counts for the incumbent president and the man trying to unseat him. while both men have squared off in separate interviews over the last 24 hours, the first debate is still at least week away. and coming off a bad week, the romney campaign is anxious for traction. we begin tonight with chuck todd, our
be drawn right here. >> reporter: president obama told the u.n. this week he believes there is a way to avoid military action. >> america wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe there is time and space to do so. >> the big question is, at what point can we no longer stop iran from getting the bomb? and that is why, with a red pen, he drew the line, he was showing the world the point at which we may no longer be able to stop iran from getting the weaponry. >> reporter: as netanyahu took the stage today, the president was miles away, at a campaign rally in virginia beach, the white house said too busy to meet with israel's prime minister. their relationship has been tense, even frosty, an issue that mitt romney has tried to exploit. >> they have thrown israel under the bus. >> i have executed on my foreign policy, one that people largely agree with. so if governor mitt romney is suggesting we should start another war, he should say so. >>> tonight, hillary clinton is meeting with netanyahu, representing the president. it is still unclear how much of today's talk i
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